Medical Administrative Assistant Certification

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Have you ever considered getting a Medical Administrative Assistant Certification?

When you enter a doctor’s office, clinic or other medical facility, you often form an opinion or feeling about the place within seconds.

Part of that first impression includes your experience with the medical administrative assistant. In one glance and breath, you’re checking out the furnishings and decor and breathing in the scents.

Before you even approach the front desk, your emotions are either leaning towards a positive or negative vibe. Perhaps the thing that pushes you fully to one side or the other is the front-desk medical receptionist.

Do they greet you immediately with a friendly smile and eye contact? Do they make you feel comfortable and safe? Even though that person isn’t likely the one you’ll see in the doctor’s office, they play a huge role in your satisfaction as a patient.

Who is that? That’s the medical administrative assistant. If you enjoy working with people, organizing information, scheduling appointments and a whole lot more, perhaps a career as a medical administrative assistant is for you.

As you head down the path to an exciting career, think about the importance of proper training and earning the appropriate  medical administrative assistant certification. 

You can get your medical administrative assistant certification in Rio Grande Valley or in San Antonio, Texas at Southern Careers Institute. The certification is offered at our locations in Brownsville, Harlingen, Pharr and San Antonio-South

Duties of a Medical Administrative Assistant

Although it might seem like CMAAs are only responsible for answering the phone and greeting patients, they are responsible for a whole lot more than that:

  • Checking patients in
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Answering the phone
  • Organizing medical records/charts
  • Interviewing patients for medical history
  • Transferring lab work results to appropriate destination
  • Maintaining and inventorying office supplies

CMAA Certification Coursework and Classes  

CMAA coursework and classes are designed to give you a well-rounded education in the complete office environment while also covering concepts that are specific to a medical environment:

  • Basic accounting
  • Computer software
  • Keyboarding
  • Medical transcription
  • Medical law & ethics
  • Medical terminology
  • Communications

How to Get CMAA Certified

Once you complete a valid training course, you’ll be eligible to sit for the exam to earn your Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA).

The certification shows employers that you completed the appropriate training and will be able to perform all the duties necessary for the MAA position. It definitely gives you an edge over other job candidates.  

A Promising Career It’s no secret that as the population ages and medical care becomes more advanced, healthcare jobs are plentiful.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare industry jobs expects to increase 14 percent between 2018 and 2028.

In fact, jobs in the healthcare field are growing much faster than all other occupations on average.

From the year 2018 to 2028, data predicts there will be an addition 1.9 million new jobs in healthcare, which includes medical assistants and the administrative jobs.

Train for CMAA Jobs

Once you complete your medical administrative assistant training and certification, you can start preparing for your new career.

Our careers services team will help you start your search for CMAA jobs in a variety of healthcare settings. You can start working in healthcare settings such as patient clinics, hospitals, or specialized medical and dental offices in Austin, Texas and surrounding areas.

To learn more or begin your training for a new healthcare career contact Southern Careers Institute at 1.833.SCI.TEXAS  or start your application here. 

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